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Care Act 2014

Section 73 – Human Rights Act 1998: provision of regulated care or support etc to be public function

425.Section 73 makes explicit that registered care providers, when providing adults with either personal care in their home or accommodation with nursing or personal care, which has been arranged or funded by a public authority pursuant to specific duties and powers, are exercising a function of a public nature for the purposes of the Human Rights Act 1998. It extends to the whole of the UK.

426.A registered care provider in England is a person registered under Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. A registered care provider in Wales is a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000. In Scotland, the equivalent to a registered care provider is someone who provides a care service which is registered under section 59 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. A registered care provider in Northern Ireland is a person registered under Part 3 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

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